Jesse James collectibles
Jesse James collectibles are items of memorabilia relating to American Wild West outlaw, gang leader, bank and train robber and murderer Jesse James.
Jesse James (1847-1882) was a Confederate guerrilla during the American Civil War, and the most famous member of the James-Younger gang, a band of outlaws who terrorised the West in the years following. Jesse is now considered a legendary figure of the Wild West, an archetypal Wild West outlaw. Even at the time, some viewed him as a Robin Hood figure, despite the fact that he and his gang generally kept all of their robbery gains for themselves. He was admired by many former Confederates, and his actions and opinions were widely reported by the national media. After his death, the gang were hailed as symbols of pre-industrial resistance in dime novels.
Jesse James, by 1882 was the most wanted criminal in America. He was killed by fellow gang member Robert Ford for a $10,000 reward.
There are several museums dedicated to Jesse James, including one in the house where he was killed.
Autographs, Letters and Photographs
Jesse James’ signature is extremely rare. A signed letter, dated 1875, sold for $175,500 at Christie’s in December 2004.
An albumen print cabinet card photograph of Jesse James sold for $42,000 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in April 2011.
There is only one known signed photograph of the outlaw. It sold for $51,240 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in April 2011.
Main article: Jesse James signed photograph
- A Frank and Jesse James Wanted poster sold for $47,500 at Brian Lebel’s Old West Show and Auction in June 2012.